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IGT Signs 10-Year Contract with TIPOS in Slovakia to Provide Aurora™ Platform, Lottery Retailer Terminals, and Services

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Contract includes provision for extension totaling up to an additional five years

 

International Game Technology PLC  announced that its subsidiary IGT Global Services Limited has signed an agreement with TIPOS a.s., the government-owned lottery in Slovakia, to deliver a variety of new lottery technology, as well as ongoing lottery-related services. The agreement, which is the result of a competitive procurement process in which IGT was the incumbent, is for an initial term of 10 years with a provision for one or more extensions totaling up to five years thereafter. TIPOS has been a valued IGT customer for over 25 years.

“IGT’s expertise and technology innovations will provide TIPOS with the flexibility and power it needs to effectively manage and grow the lottery,” said TIPOS CEO Jan Barczi. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with IGT to enhance funding for important causes in Slovakia over the coming decade.”

“This agreement represents an exciting new era in the long-term relationship between IGT and TIPOS,” said Declan Harkin, IGT Senior Vice President & COO, International. “TIPOS will benefit from IGT’s latest lottery solutions, including our core lottery platform Aurora™, our Open Retail terminal platform, and Retailer Pro, IGT’s next-generation retailer terminal. In addition to providing exceptional performance and reliability, Aurora’s business features and functions will enable long-term innovation and growth for TIPOS and their expanding customer base, ultimately increasing revenues to good causes.”

Under the terms of the agreement, IGT will provide TIPOS with a new lottery central system, retailer terminals, associated software and peripherals, as well non-lottery software and services such as prepaid mobile phone top-ups and event ticketing for sports and cultural events.

The solution, scheduled for deployment in early 2020, includes IGT’s Aurora central system, the Open Retail software terminal system, and 3,400 Retailer Pro terminals and Printer Pro printers. IGT will also continue to provide ongoing services to TIPOS including central system/terminal installation and maintenance; warehousing; retailer training and hotline/data center management and operation; a communications system; field services; and consumables distribution.

In addition, IGT will provide TIPOS with a full range of marketing consultancy services including game portfolio development; marketing programs to drive same store sales growth; provision of data analytics and market research support; and retailer network development programs.

The Aurora core lottery system is a suite of open and agile components designed to drive lottery innovation and profitability. IGT’s Open Retail software terminal system features new software architecture that improves time-to-market and lowers the cost of ownership, supporting any connected device that has a web browser or a native downloadable app. The Retailer Pro terminal provides a high-performance point-of-sale (POS) terminal solution for mid- to high-volume lottery retailers.

IGT has provided lottery and instant ticket equipment and services to TIPOS since 1993. Proceeds from TIPOS are transferred to the state’s General Fund and support a variety of good causes, including education and sports.

 

About IGT:
IGT (NYSE:IGT) is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Digital and Social Gaming. Leveraging a wealth of premium content, substantial investment in innovation, in-depth customer intelligence, operational expertise and leading-edge technology, our gaming solutions anticipate the demands of consumers wherever they decide to play. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has more than 12,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.igt.com.

 

Source: IGT

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Czech gambling investment groups KKCG and EMMA Capital decide to split on SAZKA

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Czech gambling investment companies KKCG and EMMA Capital have agreed up on splitting their share holdings of SAZKA Group.

According to the agreement, KKCG, owned by investor Karel Komarek, will get the following: full ownership of SAZKA Group, the biggest shareholder position in Greek betting firm OPAP, and the shares it holds in its Czech lottery unit, as well as OPAP, Italy’s LOTTOITALIA and Casinos Austria.

EMMA Capital, the investment group of investor Jiri Smejc, will now own SAZKA’s shares in Croatian sportsbook company SuperSport and financial compensation of several hundred million euros. SAZKA Group had previously announced that it was looking at an initial public offering in London to help fund growth in Europe and both Karel Komarek and Jiri Smejc have confirmed such a move is still on the table.

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Colossus begins operations in Slovenia with Sportna Loterija

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UK-based Colossus Bets has launched its operations in Slovenia in association with Športna loterija, the national lottery and sports betting provider of the country. Športna loterija will now have access to Colossus’ multimillion-euro prizes to Slovenian players for the first time.

The integration also covers the full Colossus Bets sports portfolio and the product will be available to play both online and in shops. Online players will also be introduced to Colossus’ partial Cash Out functionality.

Športna loterija’s president of the management board, Dr. Edvard Kolar, said, “Our partnership with Colossus reflects our commitment to provide Slovenians with the best and most responsible entertainment in sports betting. It is a natural fit for us as our customers can now shoot for lottery-sized jackpots with small stakes on exciting sports content. And it will also mean increased, de-risked revenue to continue to support the many great causes in our local ecosystem.”

Colossus Bets’ COO, David O’Reilly, commented, “We are excited to welcome Športna loterija as our first lottery operator to the Colossus network. We believe that our pools product can uniquely bridge the gap between lottery and fixed odds sports betting and therefore has the potential to appeal to both audiences and beyond. This partnership marks the beginning of a new era of expansion for Colossus in this space.”

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Poland’s football league floats new rights tender

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Ekstraklasa, the premier football league of Poland, has floated a new tender for audiovisual bookmakers’ rights for the next two seasons.

Since 1995, the rights have been undertaken jointly with the DTH platform nc+, the main TV broadcaster of Ekstraklasa. This is the first time licensed bookmakers operating on the Polish market will be invited to submit bids. Contracts will be finalised by April 30 this year. Commenting on the development, Marcin Animucki, chairman of the board at Ekstraklasa, said: “after the success of contracts for the rights to domestic television broadcasts, we are beginning to sell smaller packages. This is very important for us due to the additional funds that will be provided to clubs and the role of promoting games among fans. This year, for the first time ever, we want to offer rights to bookmakers operating in Poland. We have already had a series of meetings with their representatives and as a result of discussions with nc+ have developed packages to show Ekstraklasa games on bookmaker platforms”.

As part of the tender procedure, bookmakers will be offered two packages. The first will allow the purchase of rights to broadcast 296 Ekstraklasa football matches exclusively and as a result showing Ekstraklasa matches for a limited period on the online bookmaker platform where bets are accepted. The second, alternative package will allow up to four licensed companies accepting bets to purchase such rights without exclusivity.

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